Books of the year 2011: Ed Balls

The Lacuna - Ed Balls


It's a bit late - I'm still catching up after the general election - but my book of the year was The Lacuna (Faber & Faber, £7.99) by Barbara Kingsolver, author of the fabulous Poisonwood Bible (1998). The winner of last year's Orange Prize for Fiction, The Lacuna traces the life of a young, gay, American writer, from the vibrancy of Mexico in the 1930s, where he is living in the home of the artist Diego Rivera when Leon Trotsky comes to stay, through to the anti-communist witch-hunt and the McCarthy hearings of 1950s America. It is a beautiful novel, memorable and well worth having waited for.

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